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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 29, 2011 9:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (perhaps) & SOTOTW

This is one song the Dead sped up past all reason.
There are two traditions for this song, one through blues & one through bluegrass.
This is the Mississippi Sheiks' original version from 1930 - I think the slower pace is most fitting for the song. (After all, it's a Depression blues!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqeW7-tmVU4

But the Sheiks borrowed more than a bit from an Al Jolson hit of 1926: (I think this version tends to be covered often as a ballad in the '40s/50s)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZ2miArmU3k
Here's another example of the slow pace a western swing band used - Bob Wills:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sS5jSbV0Vg

Cream got theirs from Howlin' Wolf: (Wolf in turn adopted the Charlie Patton approach)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pebjZVAIk-g

The Dead would have gotten theirs from Bill Monroe -
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qQDn1961PsE
And here's Carl Perkins:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ab_yOxyWgCs

The Dead are not at all similar to Doc Watson's leisurely version:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y1q4Eb34mwM
But if you want to hear a version with REALLY sped-up guitar playing, try Les Paul:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTx6DTcZJ4o

This post was modified by light into ashes on 2011-07-29 16:31:26

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Poster: snori Date: Jul 29, 2011 11:25am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (perhaps) & SOTOTW

Wow, thanks for the indepth replies LIA and DHM. I think the jauntier versions of this song reflect my take on the lyrics.

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 29, 2011 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (perhaps) & SOTOTW

Tip o' the hat - beautiful stuff.

Just a note - The Les Paul is a different song, but still lots of fun, and very fast...

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Poster: jerlouvis Date: Jul 29, 2011 11:09am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (perhaps) & SOTOTW

That Bob Wills version is just killer .I listened to it twice,he is an undervalued American treasure.

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Poster: Reade Date: Jul 29, 2011 12:12pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re:Bob Wills

Couldn't agree more!

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Poster: clashcity Date: Jul 29, 2011 1:11pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Re:Bob Wills

Waylon said it best...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FTNdluAHD2U

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Poster: light into ashes Date: Jul 29, 2011 5:18pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: TDIH (perhaps) & SOTOTW

The Les Paul version comes from Jolson's song, right? In the '40s/50s, the blues song hadn't really entered mainstream white tradition, so it was Jolson's that got covered at that point.
Les Paul was quite the pioneer in overdubbing himself at different tape speeds - his solos must have sounded quite freaky, back in the day!

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